William J. Benos

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William J. (Bill) Benos is partner with Williams Mullen, an AmLaw 200 law firm with offices in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and the District of Columbia. He teaches Immigration Law at the Law School.

Benos has practiced business and international law with Williams Mullen since 1988. He focuses his practice on strategic legal planning for internationally based companies and individuals seeking to enter the United States market. Benos has more than 30 years of experience and assists international companies with their foreign direct investments, the formation and capitalization of business entities, the coordination of immigration strategy with investment plans, and related business planning. He also counsels companies on matters related to government contracting and on planning their business and immigration affairs.

As founder of the firm’s immigration practice, Benos combines his business and immigration experience to advise international clients on matters involving the cross-border movement of personnel. He has  experience in  representing business professionals with nonimmigrant visas, intracompany transfers and investor visas.  He assists businesses and individuals with permanent residency matters, including labor certifications, employment-based petitions and investment-based petitions. He also helps businesses with immigration compliance matters such as I-9 programs and ICE inspections.

Benos has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Richmond School of Law since 1995. He is also a native Canadian and has served as Canada’s honorary consul in Virginia since 2004.

Prior to joining Williams Mullen, Benos practiced corporate, business and real estate law in London, Ontario, Canada. 

He has served as legal advisor to the Illegal Immigration Task Force for the Virginia State Crime Commission, and as a member of the Multi-Jurisdictional Practice Task Force of the Virginia State Bar.

Benos is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Immigration Law (2018-present). He is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Virginia Bar Association and the Richmond Bar Association. He also has served as a past chair of the International Practice Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Benos has authored articles in his fields of expertise, most recently contributing a chapter regarding immigration to the Virginia Construction Law Deskbook, 2019 Edition, published by Virginia CLE Publications. He is past chair of the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Foundation, and he has served as chair of Community in Schools in the county where he resides and as a trustee of the Chesterfield Education Foundation.




  • J.D.
    University of Richmond School of Law
  • LL.B.
    University of Western Ontario

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